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Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2002 1:50 PM
: Salsa Update #169: Salsaboston at Sophia's, 2nd anniversary party this Wednesday!


Hola Salseros!


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This issue:

- Thanksgiving info, 2nd Aniversary Party Wed!

  plus Victor Mannuelle this Sunday!

- More Congreso notes, plus claim your raffle prizes!

- SalsaBoston events

- Sponsor news

- This week's mailbag



Thanksgiving weekend info:


- This Wednesday, Salsa Night at Sophia's 2nd Anniversary Party!  Food, performances, fun!  Details below.

- Ryles will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving, and there will not be a Salsa for Gringo's lesson at Sophia's.

- Alexander at El Bembe this Fri.


- BIG SHOW!!!  DON'T MISS!!! Sunday, Dec. 1

  Victor Mannuelle and Orquesta Guayacan

  at Wonderland!  $30 advance, www.latinspectrum.com


- Wepa should be open on Sunday.




Well, Congreso recovery continues (a little stint to Miami last weekend to relax didn't hurt...).  I've gotten a lot of nice feedback from people, thanking us for putting it all together, and I just want to particularly pass that on to all the people who volunteered, donated, sponsored, and more.  This was a huge group effort, and I think it went off really well despite some hick-ups.  Boston got a lot of attention this year, and I predict next year is going to be HUGE!


By the way, did you hear? Victor Mannuelle and Orquesta Guayacan at Wonderland this Sunday!  www.latinspectrum.com


Sorry.... back to where I was...


Just to dispel any potential myths for those curious, financially the event was like last year a break even proposition for SalsaBoston, which is perfectly fine--the mission is to build the Salsa community for everyone's benefit, and if we (I say "we" because there's many people involved in all sorts of ways) can figure out how to pay for our time beyond that, well great.  In any case, I think we can all sleep well by calling it a success.


I have gotten some feedback from somewhat disappointed people, especially about Saturday night, and I can't say I disagree with them.  As you may have heard me announce, originally I had understood from the management that we would be able to stay open later than the usual 1am at the Knights of Columbus Hall, but in the middle of the night they sternly informed me that this was not the case.  (Ironically, afterwards they said, next year let's plan it that way... we can stay open to 2:30 even.  Puhleese.)


Anyway, we managed to close at 1:15 though unfortunately the shows went longer that expected, and it was pretty heartbreaking to end the party that was just starting.  We certainly realize that the open dancing was way too limited, and can only offer our apologies.  Also, some of the shows were WAY too long, much longer than I anticipated.  Next year there will be time limits imposed.  But just to explain, the intent this year was to showcase the people in and out of New England who were performing, many who are new, so it would have been inappropriate to cut people.  Of course as the event grows (next year say) and the number of performance groups that want to dance increases, we will have to have auditions of sorts.  Also, there was some question about the repeat performance on account of a music skip, and all I can say about that is that it was done out of courtesy to the group since re-performances are granted sometimes at similar events.  Bottom line, there's a difficult balance to maintain in this "show-biz".


My opinion, Friday was the best!  We'll use that as the model.  Plus, next year we'll try to get someone like Niche on a Satuday and bring down the house!  Till then...




Here are the winners.  Congratulations, and many thanks to the prize donors.  Proceeds go to Burju's student dance groups.


Email inner@salsaboston.com">winner@salsaboston.com to claim your prizes.  You must have your ticket stub.


Grand Prize: Party with DJ Hernan:  085956

Teddy Shoes, $25 Gift Certificate:  085919

SalsaBoston T-shirt:                085957

4 Passes to Johnny D's:             085913  claimed!

4 Passes to Johnny D's:             085856

Pass for 2 to Sophia's Wed. Nights: 085861

Pass for 2 to Sophia's Wed. Nights: 085906

$15 certificate to La Princesita:   085960

$15 certificate to La Princesita:   085768

Class series with Johnny and Kelly: 085770


Anyway, more next week.  We will be having a volunteer post-party TBA, and we'd like to invite anyone who would like to be involved next year as well. Send email to laf@salsaboston.com">olaf@salsaboston.com. I have already gotten requests from several people.  Thank you all.




 Wed. Salsa Nights at Sophia's

 2nd Anniversary Party!

 Wed. Nov. 27, 2002

 (Thanksgiving Holiday the next day)



We're not sure it's actually our 2nd anniversary exactly, but CLOSE ENOUGH!  We're claiming it as our anniversary date in any case, seems like a good one.  We started in November, 2000.


Anyway, special party with DJ Hernan, and featuring performances with Salsa Y Control as well, plus munchies, cake, and a few other goodies.


Remember, it's a Holiday!  See you there.




    SalsaBoston.com presents

    Salsa Night at Sophia's

       Every Wednesday



"Boston's original all Salsa, 'by Salseros for Salseros' hotspot!"

1270 Boylston St., Boston (near Kenmore Sq. and Fenway Park)

Lessons with Johnny and Kelly at 9:15,

beginnner and intermediate, no partner necessary!

Salsa until 2am!  Featuring

    DJ D. Martinez

    DJ Antonio Ortiz

    DJ Nik

    DJ Hernan

21+ Proper ID and Dress

$10 Cover, $2 extra for lesson




 SalsaBoston T-Shirts are in!



T-shirts are in stock again!  Thanks to all who have made purchases!


Just in time for the holidays, SalsaBoston.com T-shirts are in, and

they look great!  Check them out at http://salsaboston.com/shirt  For a

limited time pick up 2 or more for $17.50 each, $2.50 off the $20 price.

Show off your SalsaBoston colors wherever you dance this summer!  Also, why

not pick up some extra's to trade or give as gifts?


Anyway, 2 styles, regular T's and Girly-T's, standard sizes, 100% cotton.

These are high quality shirts.  Proceeds help support salsaboston.com.  You

can even order online.



             Sponsor News

  (please patronize the establishments

   that help bring you SalsaBoston.com)


"What's a sponsor?" email: nfo@salsaboston.com">info@salsaboston.com




Salsa & Merengue Dancing - Thursdays in Cambridge

Friendly environment for beginners,

Quality dance space for more experienced salsa enthusiasts,

Nonsmoking, 21+


Dance Lessons with Dance Caliente

Intermediate Salsa: 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Beginner Salsa: 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm


Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St.,

Inman Square, Cambridge, (617) 876-9330

Dancing: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

Admission: $12 before 10:00 pm; $8 after 10:00 pm


Presented by: Suzanne Steele, Assorted Affairs, (508) 224-5120



DJ Schedule:

1st Thursday: DJ Antonio Ortiz (and Halloween! Oct. 31st)

2nd Thursday: DJ Nik

3rd Thursday: DJ Jose Barron

4th Thursday: DJ Rubio


Ryles ¡Temporada Latina! is OPEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE! Please join DJ Latino (Antonio Ortiz) on New Year's Eve at Ryles for a wonderful salsa party. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast! Five hours of dancing: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am! $25.00. Tickets on sale thru Ryles

- at the door or by phone: (617) 876-9330.




SuperShag Mega Dance Complex

406 Moody Street

Waltham, MA 02453

781-894-7424 (SHAG)



Salsa Night 3rd Sat. each month!



 This Week's Mailbag



Don't forget, Sunday Dec. 1, Victor Mannuelle and Guayacon (from Colombia) at Wonderland!  www.latinspectrum.com  $30 advance


1) Ryles closed this Thur. but NEW YEAR'S PARTY!

2) Hips on Fire Update

3) Sundays at Choices with Hedwige

4) Salsalort Update

5) April Update

6) Lessons with Pabon




Ryles ¡Temporada Latina! is CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING but OPEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE! Please join DJ Latino (Antonio Ortiz) on New Year's Eve at Ryles for a wonderful salsa party. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast! Five hours of dancing: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am! $25.00. Tickets on sale thru Ryles

- at the door or by phone: (617) 876-9330.



2)  From Hips on Fire:

Thanksgiving week classes



Dance Complex

536 Mass Av

Central Sq, Cambridge


TUESDAY - BEGINNER SALSA - 8:30pm - 10pm

MIT Sloan Building

50 Memorial Dr

Kendall Sq, Cambridge




299 Green st,

Central Sq, Cambridge






FRIDAY - El Bembe - Read below!

El Bembe - Friday Nov 29th with Alexander and his Orquestra


Burn the turkey, gravy, and pumpkin pie calories dancing with a great orchestra, and great music!


Alexander Faria is one of the most sough-after Latin music singers in the region. He has performed extensively in the area, as well as internationally as a member of some of Venezuelas top orchestras. Embarking in his solo career, Alexander and his Orchestra have obtained critical acclaim and are performing extensively throughout the region.


9pm - 10pm - Salsa, Merengue & Bachata Lesson by Hips On Fire

10pm - 1:30am- Live music and DJ music


Food and Bar available

Shuttle parking also available


$12 entrance


Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center

85 West Newton,

South End, Boston


Coming Up - Dec 13th Boston New Latino Band "Curubande" debut!

Debut of THE New BOSTON SALSA Band


Manolo Mairena's Band

Brought to you by Hips On Fire PRODUCTIONS




9:45PM-1AM - DANCE & Performances

And all that for only $12

Knights of Columbus Hall

75 West School St, Charlestown, Boston


Phone: 617-627-9988

E-mail: ipsonfire@yahoo.com">hipsonfire@yahoo.com




SUNDAY NIGHTS...SALSA & CHA/CHA CLASSES WITH HEDWIGE!!! Noche Latina every Sunday night brings you the hottest steps from beginners to advanced and everything in between.Learn both Salsa and Cha/Cha in one hour!! Beginners Class: 6:00pm Intermediate Class: 7:00pm Advanced Class: 8:00pm Classes are only $12 per hour or check out our great group, private and semi-private packages!! Classes are held at Club Choices, 381 Somerville Ave in Somerville. Call for more info: (617)391-3605 or E-mail us ochelatina2002@yahoo.com">nochelatina2002@yahoo.com






4)  From Salsalort Dance Co.



   *** New SALSA/Mambo Workshops Start Tuesday December 3!!! ***


  **  Salsa Turns "Skill Builder" Workshop **

Get the ingredients to take your dancing to the next level.  You will learn turn pattern components like the "Copa", "Hammerlock", "Around the World", "Cross Check", and others,  and how to create your own combinations.  Emphasis will be on DETAILED Leading and Following Techniques.  This Advanced Beginner/Early Intermediate Workshop will help you build confidence on the dance floor.

  -------  Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, 3 weeks.  $60 per person.


  **  Salsa/Mambo Shines Workshop **

Tired of just doing the Basic?  Learn HOT footwork patterns / Open Shines!  Shines from a variety of styles like New York and L.A. will separate you from the rest.  You will also learn to add footwork styling to your partnering.  Build a collection of shines in this jam-packed, MULTI-LEVEL workshop!

  -------  Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM, 3 weeks.  $40 per person.


SPECIAL PRICE:  Register for BOTH workshops for only $90 per person!


  **  Mambo "On Power 2" - The Razz-M-Tazz Workshop **

Learn New York Style Salsa/Mambo the Razz-M-Tazz way!  Modern Salsa Turns to Traditional Mambo Timing!  Beside turn patterns, this workshop will cover HOT shines/open footwork.  Using Traditional Mambo timing instead of Modern Mambo, "Power 2" allows "On1" dancers to easily transfer all their moves and dance "On2"!

  -------  The schedule is TBA ... but may be on Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 PM, 3 weeks.  $40 per person.

  ------- IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS WORKSHOP, please e-mail us at RMTworkshop@SALSAlort.com .  We will schedule this one based on your response.


WHEN:  These special workshops will run for 3-weeks.  Classes will meet Tuesdays December 3, 10, and 17.


WHERE:  Classes are held at 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge, in Harvard Square.


To REGISTER and for more information e-mail us at SALSAlort@juno.com or call us at 508-792-0263.




Auditions for new SALSAlort Company Members will be held the end of January 2003! We are looking for Intermediate Salsa and/or Mambo dancers looking to perform, teach, etc. More info to come.  If interested and would like to receive info on the auditions send us an e-mail to uditions@SALSAlort.com">auditions@SALSAlort.com




    Learn Salsa with April of New York's Eddie Torres Dance Company!




April Now has classes in TWO LOCATIONS!


New 4-week Session starts every month.


December session starts Dec 1st and 2nd


PLEASE NOTE: You now get a DISCOUNT for registering for more than

one class. DROP-INS WELCOME!




Starting Sunday, December 1st

100 Mass Ave, 4th floor, Back Bay, Boston

(crnr Mass Ave & Newbury St, above Urban Outfitters)

DIRECTIONS at end of e-mail


3–4 pm

Level I Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Fundamentals of leading and following, timing,

connection, and basic turns.


4–5 pm

Level II Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Turn combinations, body movement, and coordination of

open shines.


5–6 pm

Levels II & III Salsa Shines (Footwork and Styling)

60 minute workout of Salsa footwork and upper body

movement and styling.


6–7 pm

Level III Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Fine tune leading and following technique, multiple

turns, coordination of open shines.



Wepa Salsa Sundays (Class and Party for $10)

Weekly gathering of new and long time Salsa dancers

for non-stop music and dance.




Starting Monday, Dec 2nd

VFW Post, 288 Green St, Central Square, Cambridge


6–7 pm

Level I Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Fundamentals of leading and following, timing,

connection, and basic turns.


7–8 pm

Level II Salsa (Partnering and Footwork)

Turn combinations, body movement, and coordination of

open shines.


8–9 pm

Ladies' Styling & Spin Technique All Levels

Isolations, head whips, elegant arms, spin drills, and

much more!


9–10 pm

Levels III & IV Salsa (Partnering and Footwork) Classic NY turn

patterns, expanding the repertoire,

creativity while partnering.


Cost for 4-week session:


   One course per session: $50

       Full time students: $45

  Two courses per session: $90

       Full time students: $85

Three courses per session: $120 

       Full time students: $110

          Drop-in classes: $15


For more info:






From Pabon:

hello salseros and salsersa new salsa classes beginners and advance starting thursdays dec 5, from 8pm to 9pm also 9pm to 10pm and saturday mornings from 11am to 12 noon all classes are for 8 weeks for more info 617-524-0457 que viva la salsa!





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